The spokesman for AAA Idaho says the reason a gallon of gas in the state has been at least 20 cents higher than the national average for most of the spring is because refineries in Utah aren’t producing enough to meet demand in the two states.
Dave Carlson says lawmakers in Utah should ask refineries why more isn’t being produced.
Just two states on the mainland – Utah, $3.07 and California, $3.06 – have higher average prices, AAA Idaho said.
“Southern Idaho is served by Salt Lake City refineries via a pipeline that runs through the state, roughly parallel to the interstate,” Carlson said.
AAA reports the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline on Friday cost $2.749. The cost in Idaho is $3.023, and in Utah $3.055.
Carlson tells the Idaho Statesman Idaho is an isolated market and that’s part of the reason for the higher prices.
He predicts gas prices will fall in the next 30 days.